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Old 03-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #136
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UI update

Making little changes as time allows. The next big thing to do is create a UI for updating the output channel details like maximum current, startup/shutdown delay, and channel name. At that point we will have enough basic features to "prove" that we can do this and then it will be time to build one and put it on the bike for a practical test and then it's Kickstarter time!
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:50 PM   #137
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #138
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Things are starting to gel for me now. I like what I am seeing. The PWM duty cycle prints as a percentage on the switch which looks pretty nice I think. It saves a lot of space as well.

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:12 AM   #139
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Amazing work! This is one of the most innovative Smartphone related products I've seen in a long while. And I work in the industry.
As soon you get this on Kickstarter I'll plunk down my money.

Next thing you should do is move to Silicon Valley, start your own company and start raking in the fruits of your creativity and hard work!

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Old 03-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #140
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minimum viable product acheived

I am excited to report that we have reached a big milestone here. The hardware and software now do the minimum required things to be awesome. Lets check it out.

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #141
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Way cool!

Not sure if you've given it much thought, but I know a bunch of guys that would probably find tons of uses for something like that on their boats as well!
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:10 PM   #142
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Yep, boats, cars, jeeps, and RVs are all on the list.

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Way cool!

Not sure if you've given it much thought, but I know a bunch of guys that would probably find tons of uses for something like that on their boats as well!
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:57 PM   #143
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The PWM thing is neat, but most of the things I want PWM for are things I'd adjust frequently- heated grips, jacket liner- and I don't see whipping my phone out to do that on the fly. The other thing I use a PWM controller is LED driving lights; the current device has a bypass to go to full power, wired to the high beams.

So, with android support problematic, and given it's likely I'd need to buy a device to be a 'head unit' anyway, what's the minimum level of iDevice required?

A neat version two gizmo might consider designing an optional head unit that talks the same protocol that could be hard mounted to the bike. A joystick, maybe a button or two, and a small LCD display with a BT module.

Or, open source the protocol and I could hack one together with Arduino bits myself.

Oh, and I'd be up for at least two units. (The trials of owning multiple bikes....)
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:36 AM   #144
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The device supports hardware signal inputs (buttons) that control basic functions. You won't need Bluetooth to control it, it really just for programming and telemetry. Google just last week decided to hire someone to solve the bluetooth 4 issue with Android. Hopefully it will be a quick update and we can get an Android app online fast.

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Old 03-12-2013, 05:14 AM   #145
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Hardware signal inputs demonstration

This video demonstrates how you can use an external button to control the PDU. Bluetooth is required to program what the button does but it is not needed for normal use.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #146
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I built up a complete 8 channel PDU this weekend (and shot a video of the process for those interested). No more tangles of wire. I will test it on the bike this weekend. The box the PDU is stuffed in is a bit taller than the bicycle box but otherwise the same dimension.


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Old 03-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #147
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One more with the input and output wires attached. The wire colors are a little screwy. I have better colors in the mail though.

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:58 PM   #148
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Laugh

Thanks for posting the video on home brewed SM.

Do you sell adapter kits so we can brew our own B&D reflow even.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:35 AM   #149
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I don't sell them, but others do. I rolled my own so that it fit perfectly into my oven. I wanted the buttons, knobs, and LCD to line up.
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Do you sell adapter kits so we can brew our own B&D reflow even.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:16 AM   #150
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I think it would be $25 cheaper if you omitted the card.

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